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The Wild Irish By Robin Maxwell,

  • Title: The Wild Irish
  • Author: Robin Maxwell
  • ISBN: 9780060091439
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two female titans perfectly matched in guts, guile, and political genius.Elizabeth, queen of England, has taken on the mighty Spanish Armada and, in a stunning sea battle, vanquished it But her troubles are far from over Just across the western channel, her colony Ireland is embroiled in seething rebellion, with the island s fierce, untamed clan chieftains and their Two female titans perfectly matched in guts, guile, and political genius.Elizabeth, queen of England, has taken on the mighty Spanish Armada and, in a stunning sea battle, vanquished it But her troubles are far from over Just across the western channel, her colony Ireland is embroiled in seething rebellion, with the island s fierce, untamed clan chieftains and their wild Irish followers refusing to bow to their English oppressors.Grace O Malley notorious pirate, gunrunner, and Mother of the Irish Rebellion is at the heart of the conflict For years, she has fought against the English stranglehold on her beloved country At the height of the uprising Grace takes an outrageous risk, sailing up the Thames to London for a face to face showdown with her nemesis, the queen of England.In this enthralling historical fiction Publishers Weekly , Robin Maxwell masterfully brings to life these strong and pugnacious women in order to tell the little known but crucial saga of Elizabeth s Irish war.
    The Wild Irish Two female titans perfectly matched in guts guile and political genius Elizabeth queen of England has taken on the mighty Spanish Armada and in a stunning sea battle vanquished it But her troubl

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    1. This book is just shy of 4 stars for me, it starts very intruiging and deep in the story between the powerful Elizabeth I a personal facination and Grace O Malley a personal obsession Obviously being historical fiction, certain parts of the story are lead along with bits of interest to string know events together The beginning is facinating, already knowing quite a bit about the two subects, the fictionalized parts stood out but helped the story flow and made me wonder if some of these things co [...]

    2. This book was completely awesome I can t say enough about how good it was And I know that there are other people who weren t that thrilled with it, cuz I guess it wasn t as historically accurate as they would ve liked This is a work of fiction that just happens to use actual historical figures Of course liberties were taken Nowhere does it say that this is non fiction.The first half is Grace O Malley telling her life story to Elizabeth I how so many crazy things happened to her, and yet she stil [...]

    3. This historical fiction is set primarily during the 16th century in England and Ireland, and depicts the interplay between three prominent and delectable figures of the time Queen Elizabeth I Robert Devereaux, the Second Earl of Essex and Grace O Malley, an Irish pirate and patriot.O Malley, a daughter of an Irish chieftain, grew up on ships and learned how to sail just like the men in her family She married thrice and had several children, but never lived the life of a traditional Irish wife an [...]

    4. The Irish parts of this novel were better than the English parts Had the author stuck to two perspectives Grace O Malley, the Irish pirate, and Queen Elizabeth I the novel would have been better Instead while the book purports to be about these two great women very little is seen from Elizabeth s perspective and the majority of the book is seen from her lover favorite Earl of Essex A lot of the Irish side is seen from the viewpoint of Grace s son Tibbot So although the book description makes you [...]

    5. The Wild Irish started out really interesting and I couldn t put it down, but the second half of the book really dragged on I ve read much better books by Robin Maxwell and think this is one of her books that isn t really well written The story details meetings between Lord Essex, Elizabeth I and the Irish pirate Grace O Malley Grace s story was by far the most interesting part of this book When Maxwell went into the struggles of Lord Essex in Ireland I was bored and couldn t wait to get to the [...]

    6. Not what I was expecting, and not in a good way It s very tell, not show a significant chunk of the book was Grace O Malley telling Elizabeth her life story, and much of the rest is narration It felt as though Maxwell wanted to show a few scenes from the lives of Grace and Lord Essex who is really the other main character in this story Elizabeth is a secondary character at best , and didn t want to be bothered really writing the bits between A disappointment now I want to seek out better books, [...]

    7. Really interesting content historically, but I m not crazy about the writing style A little gratuitous sex than suits my taste Still, it interested my enough to encourage me to buy a biography of Grace O Malley I want to know

    8. Bom livro, com um bom retrato hist rico e personagens interessantes Ainda assim, penso que lhe falta algo que o torne realmente marcante.

    9. Don t Get Mom AngryBy Bob Gelms The Wild Irish A Novel of Elizabeth I and the Pirate O Malley by Robin Maxwell is an epic tale of the collision of the two most powerful women of the 16th century, Elizabeth I and Grace O Malley One is English and the other has the honor to be Irish Ms Maxwell has written a novel with a very strong foundation in history This is, essentially, the story of how Elizabeth attempted to quash the Irish uprising at the end of her reign, an Irish revolt led by Grace O Mal [...]

    10. I really enjoyed reading this It was one of the best historical fiction novels I ve read it a while This story focuses on Elizabeth I and Grace O Malley But in truth, it s not just their story It s the story of the Irish Revolution, and thus it s the story of many, many people If you want a story that is purely biographical, this story might not be for you This story has a story within a story Perhaps one third of the novel is Grace O Malley telling Elizabeth I and an eavesdropping Earl of Essex [...]

    11. This is one bloody book that explores the struggle of the Irish against the English I was appalled at the disregard both sides had for human life Anyone was apt to die from elders to babies to pregnant women in retribution It was interesting, too, to learn about Grace O Malley, a pirate and rebel in English eyes I m hoping to find other readings about this interesting woman The author explores what might have happened in a meeting between Queen Elizabeth and O Malley Probably not true but intere [...]

    12. This book was not about Grace O Malley much It was about the Irish insurrection and many other things, but it was all over the place The meetings with Queen Elizabeth were so contrived as to be unbelievable It is one of the few books I felt like abandoning, but I finished it in honor of my Irish heritage and recent trip to Ireland.

    13. The history was interestingThe Book was written well, but seemed tedious to read, a bit dry I would not read it again and would only recommend it to someone who has a strong interest in conflicts of England and Ireland in late 1500s to early 1600s.

    14. If half stars were permitted, I d have given this 2.5, but I rounded upElizabethan England seen through the eyes of Grace O Malley, the notorious female pirate and gunrunner history remembers as The Mother of the Irish Rebellion The story revolves around the historic meeting of Queen Elizabeth I and Grace at a time when both women were in their early sixties Maxwell posits that Grace s public audience with the Queen was accompanied by a secret, intimate meeting between the two rivals wherein Gr [...]

    15. As someone who reads a lot of historical biographies on Elizabeth I, I m always wary about approaching historical fiction Yet it was not the liberties with history that got me, it was the structure of this book Long sections were devoted to Grace O Malley retelling her life story While this had the potential to be interesting, it fell flat Considering that the whole time Grace is narrating her story Elizabeth was listening, there was so much potential that was not realized How did Elizabeth feel [...]

    16. I ve read several historical novels with Elizabeth I as main character but never heard of Grace O Malley, her Irish pirate queen contemporary But Grace O Malley is a documented historical person, who actually had a meeting with Elizabeth to ask for the release of her imprisoned sons The novel is set mostly in western Ireland, where Grace O Malley has independence as the daughter and wife of Irish clan leaders This was the time period when Ireland had its best chance to push the English out of th [...]

    17. I would rate this 3 1 2 stars The battles and constant waffling was a bit tedious In the end I found the gruesomeness of battle necessary to understanding of the battleon both sides There s always someone on each side struggling with moral issues of what is right And there s always a heartless leader somewhere without the regard for sacrifice when it comes from others And there are always the loyal followers who risk everything for their leader because they trust in him, or her The very most pow [...]

    18. What attracted me to this book was the fact that I like books with strong women as central characters and I also like learning new things I have studied and read about Irish history before, but I have never heard about the pirate Grace O Malley Robin Maxwell introduces us to O Malley through two improbable fictional one on one meetings Queen Elizabeth that set up an opportunity for Grace to delve into her back story The only problem is the time spent on her back story can be a bit tedious I can [...]

    19. i got this book anticipating adventure, excitement something two powerful and notable women from english history are coming together, there s potential for a great story instead this book was written like a documentary a very slow paced documentary i lost interest after the first couple of chapters but dragged myself to the halfway mark, and at that point i could care less about the characters and wasn t at all involved in the story line, so dropped it for something better history is such a fasc [...]

    20. I got several chapters into this book before realizing that I d read it a few months ago I m not sure whether that says about me or the book Stories of Grace O Malley the Irish pirate are few and far between, which is why I gravitated towards this one twice Sadly, Maxwell s version of the epic meeting between O Malley and Elizabeth I struggles with accuracy Whether Elizabeth and Essex really got it on , I suppose is up for debate, but Grace would not have thought of the Queen as the first Eliza [...]

    21. The author did an amazing amount of research and her understanding of the complex relationship of the Irish Clans, Chieftains, and politics is very evident She also does an excellent job depicting Queen Elizabeth s relationship with Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex.The most enjoyable part of the book, for me, is the story of Pirate Grace O Malley s life a champion of the Irish Rebellion against the English I wish that the book had featured of her life the author does explain that there was m [...]

    22. Irish history both fascinates and saddens me for how such a great island and people have been so used by the Lord Jesus to bless the world, and yet has suffered at the hands of invaders and claimants for control of them The Wild Irish is a novel that reveals yet another element of oppression at the hands of selfish and greedy overlords that I knew little or nothing about While the writing was a bit uneven and sometimes uninteresting, I appreciated the opportunity to learn, for the first time, ab [...]

    23. Two strong women, Elizabeth I of England and Grace O Malley the Irish pirate, meet in London during the Irish rebellion of the late 16th century Grace shocked the English Court defying protocol while Elizabeth tolerated her behavior I was familiar with Elizabeth but knew little about Grace and I loved learning new details about this unlikely pair Ms Maxwell brings her characters and this period of Irish history to life She obviously loves her subject and shares this love with her readers If you [...]

    24. I enjoyed this book much than I thought I was going to I m glad I picked it up on a whim I like the personal flair added to what, in other books, is an extremely factual and political time period collection of events.My major criticism would be that at times the author seemed to forget from what time period she was writing I thought it was odd for someone who writes primarily historical fiction, but there were certain words or phrases that stood out glaringly as FAR too modern a language for th [...]

    25. Since visiting Westport Ireland in 2012, I ve been fascinated by the legends surrounding Grace O Malley, the pirate queen The first half of this book was told in Grace s voice while talking to Queen Elizabeth The second dealt with Elizabeth s attempt to colonize Ireland and the relationship with the Earl of Essex Truthfully, I had really looked forward to this book and was somewhat disappointed It seemed to drag in places and just didn t hold my interest However, there were aspects I did enjoy a [...]

    26. I bought The Wild Irish years ago but never read it finally, I noticed that I d never read it and decided to change that Unfortunately, I was disappointed with how much I didn t like this book Although the subject on which the book is based is interesting, I didn t feel any relation to the characters causing me to be quite uninterested in reading it There were only a few times in the book where I was interested as to what was going on Other than that, this was not a compelling read at all.

    27. This was not my favorite Robin Maxwell book If you have interest in reading about war you might like it The first half was very interesting, a fictionalized version of what Grace O Malley s life might have been like, based on the few facts known Did make me aware of her though history has all but omitted her existence I was very disappointed to find that her character was largely absent from the last half of the book.

    28. I started out this book knowing virtually nothing about the history of Ireland I knew there had been fights with the English, trying to take over Ireland as it tried to take over so much of this world but beyond that, very little This novel did a great job of pulling me in with the Tudor world we are all so familiar with, and then throws you right into the middle of the Irish rebellion and Grace s story.To read the rest of my review, please visit dorolerium p 1486

    29. To say I am a QEI and Renaissance Medieval Britain fanatic would be mild I m also a pirate in my other life This book gives the best of both my obsessions.I love the Maxwell books I know they are fictionalized I know they are novels That s what makes them fun There s just something about losing yourself in someone else s history, someone else s story, and imagining what might have happened a few centuries ago.

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